Three women charged for stealing pro-Trump and police signs – caught red-handed by police

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BLAKELY, PA – Three women were arrested in Blakely, Pennsylvania for stealing several pro President Trump and police signs from the yards of residents in the city overnight.  The women are facing theft and other charges after they were caught by an officer.

Police reported that at least 13 political signs endorsing President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were stolen from the area near Second Street and Lincoln Avenue on October 13th.  People in the area are disappointed that someone would be so low as to steal campaign signs, but they do not seem surprised. 

Helen Auble told Eyewitness news:

“Sad.  It’s just very, very sad.  I can’t understand why somebody in their right mind would do that.  It’s not like, you know, you’re not going to vote for them anyway just because you stole their sign.”

The three women who were charged with the crimes were roughly all around 20 years of age. 

Blakely Police Chief Guy Salerno said:

“Consider the way things have been happening lately with this election, it’s not shocking to me at all.  You see very, very strong opinions on both sides so it does not shock me at all.”

The incident occurred before midnight on the 13th when a police officer noticed a woman carrying political signs running towards a waiting vehicle.  The officer made contact with the group and discovered that it was not only President Trump re-election signs that were stolen, but there were also signs stolen that supported the Blakely Police Department and its officers.

People who steal these signs think they are actually doing something to prevent their opposing view from being supported.  Whether or not that is the case, whoever commits these crimes are committing theft, and stifling the first amendment rights of the people who display these signs. 

Salerno said:

“The fact is it doesn’t matter if it says nothing on those signs.  If it was a blank sign in somebody’s yard it’s somebody’s property.  They stole it, therefore they are charged with theft.”

The Blakely Police Department announced the arrests on Facebook:

“The Blakely Police Department overnight took reports of multiple campaign signs being stolen throughout the borough.  We are happy to announce arrests were made.

“We at this time have approximately 20 signs in our possession still unaccounted for.  If you are missing a sign, we may have it.  Thank you.”

https://www.facebook.com/Blakelypolice/posts/3694876870546681

Eric Holzman, who replied to the original post said:

“Well I haven’t seen that many Biden signs in close proximity or even in one place.  So I guess it’s safe to assume that the stolen signs were all Trump signs.”

Another reply to the post, from Sherrie Lasky Cliff, said:

“[The arrests] awesome.  When I opened my front door last night they were jumping into the car with a sign from my neighbor’s yard over on Penrose.”

Other replies to the post were mostly grateful that the police were able to catch people in the act, and hopefully, be able to return the stolen signs. 

Morgan Grezch told ABC news that she is not against anyone who has an opposing view of hers, but is upset that someone would steal any type of signs. 

She said:

“They should have kept their, you know, opinions to themselves and maybe left the signs alone.  There was no need to take it.”

Another person, Paul Vanvestraut said:

“I definitely don’t think it’s right to steal or do anything to anyone’s property regardless of your side on the issue.”

The women in this case have not yet been identified, police say that is because they need for them to be formally charged by the courts before they do so.  Once they have been formally charged, we can expect to see their names released.

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New York woman arrested for using group of children to steal Trump campaign signs

October 3, 2020

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, NY– Upstate New York residents in Tribes Hill, and the Town of Amsterdam have reported that their Trump campaign signs and flags have been being stolen.

Police have now found that Deana Algarin, 45, was using a group of children to go around and steal the signs from people’s property last weekend. 

Fox News reported, that the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said that Deana Algarin, 45, was charged with six counts of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny, marijuana possession, as well as two citations for seatbelt violations involving children less than 15 years old.

When Algarin was pulled over on Highway 103, she had six children in the car, along with many of the stolen signs. 

It was not just Trump signs that went missing, as some residents also reported that their campaign signs for Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-21) were also missing.

Algarin, a Schenectady resident, was ordered to appear in court in the towns of Amsterdam, Glen, and Glenville at later dates.

In the meantime in the next state over, one man was so fed up with his Trump signs being stolen, he installed an electric fence around it. 

NEW BEDFORD, MA –John Oliveira is fed up with people taking his Trump 2020 signs out of his yard. 

Oliveira, who is a 20-year Navy veteran and a current New Bedford School Committee member, cannot believe that his signs have been being removed from his yard.  He is so upset that he has installed an electric fence around it to prevent any further thefts.

Oliveira alleges that he has had six Trump signs, which he had in his front yard disappeared after he put them up.  Oliveira filed two police reports on the thefts and even installed another sign next to the Trump one, asking people to vote.  The Trump sign is gone, the sign urging people to vote has been left untouched. 

Oliveira told WJAR:

“It’s a shame that I have to do this.  I believe in the president.  Obviously, people didn’t like that.”

He then went on to say:

“I’m done with this.  I’m just trying to make a statement and say what I believe in.  The electric fence is a deterrent.  Horse wire carries a charge.  It will certainly send a message.”

Oliveira, who said that he was a lifelong Democrat until he recently registered as a Republican, feels that he should not be forced to do such drastic measures to voice his opinion on the election, which is protected by the constitution. 

He said:

“Our country is about different opinions and being able to voice those opinions in a fair and equitable manner, and when you’re taking people’s signs, that’s not fair and equitable.  You have to be able to respect each other because we’ll never get anything accomplished if you don’t.  Don’t mess with my right to free speech.”

This was not the only report of Trump signs being stolen throughout the United States.  Another recent one was reported in Waco, Texas.  There, Brad Holland, the McLennan County Republican Party Chairman is asking democratic and civic leaders to condemn the theft and vandalism of the political signs. 

He said:

“Several of the pricey large signs have been taken from major intersections, and daily we are getting 10 or more people come into the office to replace Trump signs that were stolen.  It is so sad that the level of brazen vandalism and sheer disregard for the law has reached new levels even in Waco, Texas.”

In Waco, they have reported that several political signs have either been stolen or vandalized.  There have been so many done that the Woodway Public Safety issued at a Facebook message:

“Over the past several weeks, several campaign signs have been stolen or defaced.  A friendly reminder that theft or destruction of political campaign signs is considered criminal mischief punishable by a fine of up to $500 and possible additional charges of criminal trespass.”

Over the past several weeks, several campaign signs have been stolen or defaced. A friendly reminder that theft or…

Posted by Woodway Public Safety Department on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

And in Bel Air, Maryland, in August, the Hartford County Sheriff’s Office was called to several homes in the area after Trump-Pence signs were stolen out of people’s front yards.  At least one of the people involved was captured on video during one of the thefts.

In the video, a man is seen driving up to the private residence and pulling down what is believed to be a Trump sign.  The man, noticing the camera, gives it the bird and takes the sign with him.  The Hartford County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook:

“We all have difference of opinion.  Let’s respect those opinions and not step into somebody else’s yard to commit a crime by stealing a campaign sign.  It’s a violation of free speech and downright disrespectful of your neighbors.”

It has become a common thing to people to vandalize any show of support for President Trump. It has gotten so bad, that people are actually being assaulted for showing their support. 

WILMINGTON, DE – A 7-year-old boy who set out to support President Trump during last month’s DNC convention in Delaware is now on the receiving end of nationwide support himself. 

He became the victim of what a county court now labels as a hate crime, just as the boy was getting his start in peaceful political activism. 

Two Delaware women are accused of attacking him and stealing his MAGA hat. 

Now, the women are both facing charges tied to that attack. 

According to the Delaware News Journal, on Tuesday, a grand jury indicted Olivia Winslow and Camryn Amy of second-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy, endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree assault, attempted third-degree assault, offensive touching and felony hate crimes. 

Of the seven charges, three are felonies. The hate crime charges carry the most severe punishment. If convicted on all counts, each woman could face up to 15 years in prison. 

Both women are 21 years old. 

Video from August 20 appears to show the pair shouting at the boy, stealing his hat and then tossing it over a fence outside the Democratic National Convention in Wilmington. 

In the three weeks since it was first posted, the recording has gone viral with nearly 5.5 million views on Twitter. 

The video starts by showing two women kicking what appear to be handmade political signs. 

A woman off camera asks “are you destroying my property?” and another woman responds “yes, we are.”  

The confrontation escalates from there. 

The video shows a young boy run into the frame and say “That’s somebody else’s hat.” The boy starts crying, and the two women who took his hat respond with profanity. 

The more than two-minute long clip has gotten thousands of comments in response on Twitter. 

Twitter user Mozella Stokes wrote: 

“That was wrong, no child should be subjected to that. No matter what their hat says, no matter what their T shirt says, no matter what color their skin is, no matter where they live. It is wrong to do this to children, to anyone.” 

Another, Autumn Turland, posted: 

“I personally hope they get a really big lesson by the law that this is unacceptable. Your opinion is not a reason to assault anyone.” 

https://twitter.com/autumn_turland/status/1303750406397452290

Other media reports following the incident have said he was wearing the pro-Trump gear while waiting outside the convention with his mom to eat dinner. 

The Delaware News Journal reports that the boy’s mother says she was “punched in the face” repeatedly during the attack. 

The newspaper quoted Delaware’s Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Jennings. She said: 

“Violence in any form is unacceptable, but harming another person — let alone a child — because of the expression of their views betrays the principles on which our country was founded. Free speech, free assembly, and free expression are sacred, no matter whether we agree with the opinions expressed, and especially when we don’t.” 

It is certainly not the only time in recent weeks that supporters of President Trump have been met with violence during political rallies. 

On August 27, Law Enforcement Today reported on a shooting at a pro-Trump rally in South Carolina. 

LET reported: 

A barrage of bullets interrupted a political gathering in Fort Mill, South Carolina Monday. 

The group, a local organization for women, told local news outlets that they were meeting on the side of the road, on a bridge overpass, and holding signs in support of President Donald Trump. The gathering coincided with Night Two of the Republican National Convention. 

In that incident, no one was hurt. 

Read the full article here. 

Even more recently, pro-Trump, pro-police view became a death sentence for a Portland man. 

Killed on August 29, LET reported on the search for his shooter: 

Police are actively searching for a self-identified member of Antifa who gunned down a pro-police, Trump supporter during violent riots in downtown Portland on Saturday, August 29th. 

Read the full article here. 

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